For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,(A) so in Christ we, though many, form one body,(B) and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts,(C) according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,(D) then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;(E) if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;(F) if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;(G) if it is giving, then give generously;(H) if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

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  1. Romans 12:6 Or the
  2. Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body,(A) so it is with Christ.(B) 13 For we were all baptized(C) by[a] one Spirit(D) so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free(E)—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.(F) 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.(G)

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed(H) the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.(I) 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.(J)

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  1. 1 Corinthians 12:13 Or with; or in

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